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Govt prepares SDGs to place at UNGA
Mizanur Rahman
Published :Monday, 31 August, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 39
The government has prepared strategy of sustainable development goals (SDGs)  to submit it to the UN General Assembly (UNGA), according to Planning Commission officials.
They said the assembly will be held on September 15 in New York, which Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will attend.
"Bangladesh has performed well for Millennium Development Goals, declared in 2000 by UN. Bangladesh targets to perform well in SDG, the next development programme on UN. Accordingly, a strategy paper has been prepared," a senior official told the Daily Observer.
Senior Finance Secretary Mahbub Ahmed, Economic Relation Division Senior Secretary Mohammad Mejbah Uddin, General Economic Division Member Dr Shamsul Alam will accompany the Prime Minister at the UN Assembly.  
Director General (Economic Affairs) M Riaz Hamidullah said the outcome document was accepted by all member states and it is applicable to all but is not a legally binding document. "It's a big tool for development."
The UNGA, as well as its Economic and Social Council and specialised agencies will also be engaged in reviewing progress in specific areas.
The new sustainable development agenda is formulated on the success of the MDG, which helped more than 700 million people escape poverty.
The eight MDGs, adopted in 2000, included slashing poverty, hunger, disease, gender inequality and access to water and sanitation by 2015.
The new sustainable development goals and the broader sustainability agenda go much further, addressing the root causes of poverty and the universal need for development that works for all people.
The 17 sustainable goals and 169 targets aim at tackling key systemic barriers to sustainable development such as inequality, unsustainable consumption and production patterns, inadequate infrastructure and lack of decent jobs.
The agenda also calls for increased capacity-building and better data and statistics to measure sustainable development. An effective follow-up and review architecture, a core element of the outcome document, will be critical to support the implementation of the new agenda.
Meanwhile, at a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on August 15, the Minister of State of UK Department for International Development (DFID) Desmond Angus Swayne praised Bangladesh's spectacular success in achieving MDGs and women development. He said, "Bangladesh is a star in achieving MDGs."
Planning Commission officials said Bangladesh has made considerable progress in achieving the MDGs, particularly in poverty alleviation. The goal was to reduce poverty to 29 per cent by the year 2015. Two years ahead of time, in 2013, it has been possible to bring this down to 26.2 per cent.
Among the eight MDGs, it will be possible to fully meet the targets set for reducing infant mortality and improving maternal health. The goals which will not be fully met are eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, achieving gender equality and empowerment of women. However, Bangladesh is considering the achievements made in these sectors as major success.

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